March 12, 2020
Effective today, Massachusetts Hockey is cancelling all remaining State Championship tournaments for the 2019-20 season that are managed by the governing body. In addition, Massachusetts Hockey will join the New England District in cancelling all regional championship tournaments scheduled for this coming weekend.
“This is not a decision that we wanted to make,” said Bob Joyce, President of Massachusetts Hockey. “But in light of the rapid spread of the virus and the advice of medical experts, we felt that it is the only option that makes sense at this time. The safety of our players, parents and coaches is the utmost concern and this is not a decision that we made lightly.”
“We feel horrible for all of the participants of these events. They have worked hard all season long to earn the opportunity to compete for a state or regional championship,” said Kevin Kavanagh, Executive Director for Massachusetts Hockey. “But when you take all of the circumstances into account, this is clearly the safest and most logical decision that we can make. The speed at which this is growing is troublesome. What we know today will change tomorrow, and likely not for the better.”
NOTE: There are many other games and tournaments that take place at the local level and are managed by local leagues. Decisions related to those events are left up to the local programs and league leadership. All decisions should be made in conjunction with any and all requirements put in place by state and local government. We strongly encourage all programs to consider the safety of our players and their families in making their decisions.
NOTE: Massachusetts Hockey is the governing body of amateur hockey within the state, but in no way is associated with the MIAA or the high school state championship tournament. Any decisions related to that tournament will be made by the MIAA.
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